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By JOSEPH N. BELL | July 20, 2006
For a columnist to take public issue with his publisher would normally be considered counter-productive (have you been following the brouhaha in Santa Barbara?), but when the issue is the ownership of our local public television station and the publisher is Tom Johnson, the downside seems to me minimal. So here goes. You surely know the drill by now. When Orange County's public TV station, KOCE, was put up for sale, the winner and highest apparent bidder was a local foundation that would continue to focus on Orange County programming.
September 1, 2001
Opera Pacific, in association with generous benefactors Henry and Susan Samueli of Corona del Mar, are preparing for an Opera Ball kickoff fashion show and luncheon Sept. 11. Susan Samueli is chairing the show with her friend and dedicated co-worker Sandi Jackson. An overflow crowd of more than 200 opera patrons is expected for the late summer event, which will be staged on the breathtaking oceanfront lawn of the Samueli residence. South Coast Plaza is presenting the fashion show -- a prelude to the Opera Ball on Dec. 1 at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel -- under the direction of Billur Wallerich.
May 11, 2003
Lolita Harper The lively chatter and hearty laughs coming from the picturesque home on Fullerton Avenue are typical when the Perry family gets together. On Thursday, the large family came together to honor their mother, and among the good-natured ribbing and loving teasing was genuine gratitude for Joan Perry's hard work. "The neatest thing about her was that she raised all six kids by herself," daughter Lindsay Iverson said. "And juggled two jobs," daughter Stephanie De La Cruz added.
October 14, 1999
Jessica Garrison NEWPORT-MESA -- It used to be a school had to be full of rich, business-minded parents in order to field a foundation. But across Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, parents who may not be as rich as Croesus, but who are nevertheless intent on improving their children's schools, are disproving this notion. "We're not a rich school," said Pat Ary, who is president of the newly created foundation at California Elementary School. "But as long as you have talented, hard-driven people who believe in our public schools, we're going to be able to do the same things that wealthier Newport Beach schools can do."
By By Lindsay Sandham | November 18, 2005
Guided tours offer locals and visitors a chance to learn about the famous locales and wealthy inhabitants of the harbor.Where can you go to see homes of the rich and famous, hear a Newport Beach history lesson and catch a glimpse of California sea lions in their natural habitat? The Fun Zone Boat Co., founded in 1948 and located on the Balboa Pavilion, offers daily harbor cruises featuring all of the above. Each boat operator narrates the tour based on his or her knowledge of local history and who lives in what home, making each cruise a little different.
By PETER BUFFA | July 16, 2006
Have you ever been? You should try it. One of the local summer concert series, that is. The Fashion Island Summer Concert Series is in its 39th year -- wish I could say the same -- and takes place on Wednesday evenings. The cities of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach each offer Summer Concerts in the Park -- Tuesday evenings at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa and Sunday evenings at various parks in Newport Beach. You want choices? We got choices. All sorts of times and days and bands, so you don't have any excuse not to be there.
By Alicia Robinson | May 23, 2007
The first thing the Newport Beach Police Department's Jim Kaminsky noticed was the debris. Nearly a quarter-mile of it stretched down both sides of a divided roadway. "It was vehicle parts, vehicle contents. It was landscape, road signage. Everything you can imagine was just broken and strewn across Irvine Avenue," Kaminsky said this week. And then there were the kids. Ten of them had been in the admittedly overloaded Chevy Blazer, but most had been thrown out when it hit the median and rolled.
By Candice Baker, Special to the Daily Pilot | July 15, 2010
COSTA MESA — The Rock 'N' Roll King of Orange County wants the world to know that after 50 years of alcohol and cigarettes, 10 years of cocaine, five wives, three heart surgeries and a fight with cancer, he's still rocking. Greg Topper, the man who may be O.C.'s longest-running resident musician, is set to start a new gig Saturday at the Pierce Street Annex in Costa Mesa. His mix of more than 500 1950s, '60s and '70s oldies has packed dance floors since the Bay of Pigs invasion 49 years ago. "If I can make it to 2011, I would have played half of a century in Orange County," Topper said.
June 14, 2006
CINEMA ORANGE The Orange County Museum of Art will offer a free outdoor series of independent features, documentaries an animated films from the recent 2006 Newport Beach Film Festival. Films begin at 8:30 p.m. Q & A sessions will follow some films. June 22, "American Blend"; July 13, "Seet Land"; July 27, "Intellectual Property"; August 10, "One Last Dance," and August 24, "Animated Showcase," featuring collection of short animated films including both hand-drawn and computer-generated works.
November 12, 1999
MUSIC BRIAN BARRETT/JASON WILKINS TRIO The Brian Barrett/Jason Wilkins Trio will play jazz at That's Aroma from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. That's Aroma is at 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa. For more information, call (949) 548-7999. 'LA TRAVIATA' Opera Pacifica presents Verdi's masterpiece "La Traviata" today through Sunday at The Orange County Performing Arts Center. Shows are at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are $32 to $151.
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